The plans were announced by the organisers at a press conference on May 17. Speaking at the press conference, Deputy Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Nguyen Truong Son stressed that the festival enhances mutual understanding between the two countries and draws overseas Vietnamese in Japan closer together. He also expressed his hope that the festival will deepen ties between the two countries’ governments and people. This year’s festival will feature more than 100 booths, including about 60 food stalls. It is expected to draw approximately 150,000 visitors. Vietnam’s landscapes and people will be introduced to Japanese friends through various art performances, food and handicraft booths. Vietnamese pop artists such as Ho Quynh Huong, Tieu Chau Nhu Quynh and Ngo Kien Huy will also perform at the festival, along with an Ao Dai (traditional Vietnamese long dress) fashion show. The Vietnam festival in Japan is an annual cultural exchange activity. Last year the event welcomed 200,000 people, the largest number of visitors to date. The festival was first held in 2008 as part of activities to celebrate the 35th year of Vietnam-Japan diplomatic relations.